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Baby threatened with hammer in Coventry pub raid

Detectives are appealing for the public's help in tracing robbers who threatened a baby with a hammer during a pub raid in Coventry.

Two men broke into the Brooklands pub in Kingsbury Road before grabbing the landlady by the throat and demanding cash from the safe.

One of the men also waved a hammer at the woman's 11-month-old grandson and suggested the baby, and her two daughters, would be attacked if she did not do as they said.

The men escaped on a large, black motorbike with money from the robbery in the Coundon area at about 1am on July 15.

One of the men is described as black, in his late 20s, about 6ft, with a smooth complexion and dark brown eyes, while the other man was said to be white, in his 20s, with a large nose, and was wearing blue G-Star branded jeans with a '69' on the pocket, and blue Adidas trainers.

The offenders are unlikely to have said exactly what they did to steal the cash but let me be absolutely clear that these men attacked an innocent woman as she slept and then threatened to injure a baby.

– Detective Inspector Nick Dale, Coventry CID


Marston's announce £90m deal to sell pubs

More than 200 pubs are to be offloaded by Wolverhampton-based group Marston's to property group NewRiver Retail.

The deal worth £90million pound, will help ease £1billion worth of debt and see the sites turned into convenience stores and restaurants.

Most of the 200 being sold are community pubs and NewRiver Retail is looking to capitalise on the high demand from major supermarkets for retail space.

The company has already received strong initial interest from the UK's major convenience store operators and supermarket groups.

– Marston's spokesman

The news follows a similar sale of 130 Marston's pubs in the last financial year, which raised £50million for the firm.

Armed robbery at Coventry pub

Masked robbers have burst into a Coventry pub and threatened staff and customers with knives and hammers.

This happened on Wednesday night at the Nursery Tavern in Lord Street.

Drinkers were ordered to stay in the bar area as the five men entered.

The landlord was punched in the face and forced to open the safe at knifepoint.

“The offenders made off with a considerable amount of cash and left the pub customers extremely shaken by their ordeal. The landlord suffered cuts and bruises but fortunately was not seriously injured.

“We are appealing for any witnesses who we have not already spoken with to come forward. In particular we would like to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious outside the pub at the time of the robbery."

– Detective Constable Barry Heal